About Us

The Charity Defense Council is a brave new leadership organization for the charity sector. Our mission is to correct misconceptions about charity that undermine the potential of the sector. Our goal is singular and bold: to change how the donating public thinks about changing the world.

Our founder Dan Pallotta's 2013 TED Talk "The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong" described the problem and got the conversation started. Now, we're building a movement to create a lasting solution.

Governing Board | Steering Committee | Advisory Board
Foundation Advisory Committee | International Advisory Committee

Governing Board

Neil McCarthy


Dan Pallotta

Founder & President

Seth Perlman

Secretary & Treasurer

Steering Committee

Pierre Ferrari

President & CEO

Heifer International

Susan Barrows Libby

Managing Partner

Kito Global

Steve Nardizzi

Former CEO

Wounded Warrior Project

Ken Stern

Former CEO


Advisory Board

Peter Diamandis

Chairman & CEO

XPRIZE Foundation

Matt Flannery

Co-Founder & CEO


Jim Gibbons

President & CEO

Goodwill Industries International

Darell Hammond

Former Founder & CEO


Perla Ni


Great Nonprofits

Jason "Radical" Russell

Co-Founder & CCO

Invisible Children

Billy Shore


Share Our Strength

Roxanne Spillett

Immediate Past President

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Art Taylor

President & CEO

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Mark Tercek

President & CEO

The Nature Conservancy

Eric Walker


Population Council

Foundation Advisory Committee

Jim Bildner


Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Kevin Murphy


Berks County Community Foundation

International Advisory Committee

Peter Lewis


Institute of Fundraising UK

Bruce MacDonald

President & CEO

Imagine Canada

Kyla Shawyer


Resource Alliance

Below, you can find all our latest financial information. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@charitydefensecouncil.org.

IRS Tax-Exempt Determination

2012 Letter

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You can reach us by email or phone:
(978) 213-7014

Charity Defense Council
7 Central Street
Topsfield, MA 01983